Layman’s Constitution released

Members of the public now have the benefit of a reader-friendly version of the new Draft Constitution.

An electronic version of the Explanatory Guide was recently released and is available at

Printed copies will be available on 3 April as a special newspaper insert and will also available at various outlets, including post offices, public libraries and supermarkets.

The 2009 Draft Constitution Explanatory Guide has been issued by the Constitutional Review Secretariat to ensure that all residents understand the differences between the 1972 Constitution and the proposed updated version.

‘This is an important aspect of our public awareness package,’ said CRS Director Suzanne Bothwell.

‘While some people will want to study the entire Draft Constitution, other people have expressed that they simply want a working knowledge of the process. This Explanatory Guide, which is written in laymen’s language, should therefore be a useful public education tool.’

The CRS is conducting other public education initiatives in conjunction with Government Information Services and the local media. These include weekly radio appearances, newspaper ads, web updates and public service announcements.

‘I encourage people to get a copy of the guide and prepare themselves for the ‘yes-or-no’ constitution vote in the May referendum,’ Mrs Bothwell said.

For more information on the constitution review process, contact the CRS at 244-3605 or visit

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